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Our 2020 Venice Film Festival Movie Scorecard

The 77th Venice International Film Festival opened ceremonies with an orchestral tribute to Ennio Morricone, saluting the legendary composer who passed away in July and ushering in 2020’s fest selections. In the first industry bash since quarantine lockdown, the scaled-back, safety-protocoled festival will host socially distant critics pursuing buzzed movies, including Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, Kornel Mundruczo’s Pieces of a Woman, and Gia Coppola’s Mainstream. As these films achieve their Tomatometer scores, along with everything else playing at the festival through September 12th, we’ll be adding them to our Venice Film Festival 2020 Movie Scorecard.

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 101.056%
Critics Consensus: A hauntingly powerful reflection on larger-than-life figures, One Night in Miami finds Regina King in command of her craft in her feature directorial debut.
Synopsis: Set on the night of February 25, 1964, One Night in Miami follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became... [More]
Directed By: Regina King

#55

Nomadland (2020)
97%

#55
Adjusted Score: 101.984%
Critics Consensus: A poetic character study on the forgotten and downtrodden, Nomadland beautifully captures the restlessness left in the wake of the Great Recession.
Synopsis: Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#54

The World to Come (2020)
100%

#54
Adjusted Score: 82.544%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Mona Fastvold

#53

Apples (Mila) (2020)
100%

#53
Adjusted Score: 100.032%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed... [More]
Directed By: Christos Nikou

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 71.968%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When simple-minded friends Jean-Gab and Manu find a giant fly trapped in the boot of a car, they decide to... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Dupieux

#51

Dear Comrades (2020)
91%

#51
Adjusted Score: 51.642%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Andrey Konchalovskiy

#50

The Duke (2020)
100%

#50
Adjusted Score: 56.749%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#49
Adjusted Score: 96.341%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man incarcerated in a prison in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire must spend the whole night recounting a story if... [More]
Directed By: Philippe Lacôte

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 61.908%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A masseur from the East enters the lives of the rich residents of a bland, walled off community. Despite their... [More]
Directed By: Malgorzata Szumowska

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 25.795%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Majid Majidi

#46
Adjusted Score: 95.083%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up,... [More]
Starring: Tilda Swinton
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 78.651%
Critics Consensus: A dystopian house of horrors, Michel Franco's New Order is a blunt observation on authoritarian suppression and its extreme disparities.
Synopsis: In this riveting, suspenseful dystopian drama, a lavish upper-class wedding goes awry in an unexpected uprising of class warfare that... [More]
Directed By: Michel Franco

#44
Adjusted Score: 41.272%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The year is 1940 in Kobe, the night before the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant, Yusaku Fukuhara, senses... [More]
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

#43

The Disciple (2020)
95%

#43
Adjusted Score: 95.083%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sharad Nerulkar has devoted his life to becoming an Indian classical music vocalist, diligently following the traditions and discipline of... [More]
Directed By: Chaitanya Tamhane

#42

I Am Greta (2020)
78%

#42
Adjusted Score: 79.115%
Critics Consensus: Audiences might not learn anything new from I Am Greta, but its stirring chronicle of the young activist's efforts is inspiring.
Synopsis: In August of 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student in Sweden, starts a school strike for the climate. Her question... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Grossman

#41

Hopper/Welles (2020)
88%

#41
Adjusted Score: 72.639%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Orson Welles

#40

Topside (2020)
86%

#40
Adjusted Score: 31.057%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Deep in the underbelly of New York City, a five year-old girl and her mother live among a community that... [More]
Directed By: Celine Held, Logan George

#39

Notturno (2020)
84%

#39
Adjusted Score: 84.599%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The director of Sacro GRA (Venice Golden Lion Winner), Fire At Sea (Berlin Golden Bear winner and Oscar nominee) --... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Gianfranco Rosi

#38
Adjusted Score: 31.057%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Julia von Heinz

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 81.631%
Critics Consensus: Pieces of a Woman struggles to maintain momentum after a stunning opening act, but Vanessa Kirby's performance makes the end result a poignant portrait of grief.
Synopsis: When a home birth goes tragically awry, a grieving woman is thrust into an emotional inner journey by trying to... [More]
Directed By: Kornél Mundruczó

#36

Lacci (2020)
71%

#36
Adjusted Score: 25.64%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Daniele Luchetti

#35

Mosquito State (2020)
60%

#35
Adjusted Score: 15.477%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Filip Jan Rymsza

#34

Final Account (2020)
71%

#34
Adjusted Score: 25.64%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By: Luke Holland

#33

In Between Dying (2020)
71%

#33
Adjusted Score: 25.64%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: IN BETWEEN DYING is the love story of Davud, a young man in search of his 'true' family, who completes... [More]
Directed By: Hilal Baydarov

#32

Mainstream (2020)
40%

#32
Adjusted Score: 20.636%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Just above Hollywood boulevard, lives FRANKIE (Maya Hawke) a young woman in her early 20s trying to navigate who she... [More]
Directed By: Gia Coppola

#31

Guest of Honour (2020)
41%

#31
Adjusted Score: 43.302%
Critics Consensus: David Thewlis' performance aside, Guest of Honour serves as a frustratingly limited return to form for writer-director Atom Egoyan.
Synopsis: Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#30

Miss Marx (2020)
38%

#30
Adjusted Score: 15.683%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bright, intelligent, passionate and free, Eleanor is Karl Marx's youngest daughter. Among the first women to link the themes of... [More]
Directed By: Susanna Nicchiarelli

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